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Dai Fledermaus20/07/2013 08:49:57
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There's a programme on CH4 on Sunday at 8.0, I think, ( I was half awake at the time ) which I saw the trailer for last night. It's got some sort of daft title like "The plane which won the war for Britain", but looks like it cold be a good watch.

Peter Beeney20/07/2013 09:04:38
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Like this one, perhaps?


Dai Fledermaus20/07/2013 09:13:04
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Thanks Peter, at least one of us was awake

Daithi O Buitigh26/07/2013 04:19:19
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I was a bit amazed at the claim that it is the only one left flying. It seems they didn't know about the kiwis a year earlier


Colin Bernard26/07/2013 07:31:35
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I understand that the Mossie in the US is the one from NZ which was shipped to Virgina Beach in March this year.

Paul C.26/07/2013 07:56:32
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If you missed the programme it is still on C4 Player. Well worth a look, not sure how long they keep programmes on there though.

avtur26/07/2013 08:07:16
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I've just watched program, I thought it was excellent.

I liked the enthusiasm of the presenter, I think we'll see more of him and his interest in aircraft on the TV

The program wouldn't have been complete without mention of the dreadful accident that happend at Barton Airshow (where the last British flying Mozzy crashed into view of the airshow crowd). I was there that day, not a pleasant sight.

I also liked how the program built to the end where the presenter got to fly in the aircraft in the USA.

The program should be available on a 'catch up' system somewhere, well worth a watch.

Edited By avtur on 26/07/2013 08:09:34

Peter Miller26/07/2013 08:13:29
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I was sorry that they didn't mention the PR version but apart from that, excellent

Brian Hammond26/07/2013 08:38:18
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I noticed that the early ones had 5 exhaust stacks each side,how is this possible on a V12?

Martin Harris26/07/2013 08:50:47
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The two rear exhausts are siamesed.

What surprised me was that there was no mention that the Mosquito Museum also have the prototype Mossie on display - the very aircraft that was built there and flown from the field adjoining Salisbury Hall to Hatfield for its test programme.

Ian Jones26/07/2013 11:12:27
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There were some holes in the program but on the whole well worth a watch.

Dai Fledermaus26/07/2013 11:40:10
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I enjoyed it, I always like programmes like this, but didn't like the general theme that it was the "Plane that saved Britain". A fantastic aircraft which came along at the right time and well suited to the role in which it was used, but was it more important than a dozen or so other aircraft both British and American which helped to win the air war? I think not.

Martin Harris26/07/2013 12:26:41
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Absolutely agree, Colin.

Now if they'd called it "The most beautiful military aircraft ever built" ther'd be no argument from me!

Tom Sharp26/07/2013 22:58:59
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Posted by Brian Hammond on 26/07/2013 08:38:18:

I noticed that the early ones had 5 exhaust stacks each side,how is this possible on a V12?

The rear pipe taking the output from two cylinders lasted for a very short time, but was nesessary to allow the fitting of the two stage supercharger.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator27/07/2013 00:08:14
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Posted by Martin Harris on 26/07/2013 12:26:41:

Absolutely agree, Colin.

Now if they'd called it "The most beautiful military aircraft ever built" ther'd be no argument from me!

Oooo, I can almost hear that particular gaunlet hitting the floor!


Tom Sharp27/07/2013 00:41:10
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What about the later DH Hornet, a much prettier version of the Mosquito.

John Bunting29/07/2013 12:27:51
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I still have a 1/72 solid scale model of the Mosquito, which I made in 1943 when I was 13, not long after it came into service. This programme inspired me to repair it, as a few bits came off years ago. The U/C does actually retract, but I'll have to make some new doors for it, as they are missing.

Another thing they didn't mention in the programme was that the Mosquito was partly derived from the DH Comet racer of about 1935.

Martin Harris29/07/2013 17:28:01
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Posted by Tom Sharp on 27/07/2013 00:41:10:

What about the later DH Hornet, a much prettier version of the Mosquito.

Well, I said there'd be no argument from me - it's just a personal opinion.

It is my personal opinion that the Hornet is nowhere near as beautifully proportioned as the Mosquito...

Edited By Martin Harris on 29/07/2013 17:28:22

Tom Sharp29/07/2013 20:41:13
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I often wonder how a RR Griffon engined version would have performed.

Martin Harris30/07/2013 09:38:35
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Now there's a thought! But there again, it wouldn't have sounded anywhere near as wonderful as a pair of Merlins - I always feel that the later Griffon engined Spitfires sound very harsh. Obviously the best performance was the important factor at the time...

There's an interesting project apparently under way - I hadn't realised that there are no complete Hornets surviving...

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